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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...