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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...