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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: A total deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...