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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...