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Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying 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% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...