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cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow 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 different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names 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 very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem Number 3: An entire absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...