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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...