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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration options
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...