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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...