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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management tools
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...