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cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We categorically are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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 as well...