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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...