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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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 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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...