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cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow). Web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely 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 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Weakness No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...