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cPanel Web Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, 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 created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify 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 becoming perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the keen customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...