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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...