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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...