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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good 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 name)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: A sheer lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...