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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's very insolent 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 informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...