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Description of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 growing confused? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...