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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...