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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...