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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated 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 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...