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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...