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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. 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 strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...