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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...