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cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Downside No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...