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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...