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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...