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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...