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cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great 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 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 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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the avid users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...