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cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...