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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: A total shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...