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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 getting baffled? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...