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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...