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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...