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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, based on the billing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...