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Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...