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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the avid customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...