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cPanel Hosting Description
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...