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Description of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Problem No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...