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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove 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 very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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 wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number Three: A total lack of domain management options
Do we have to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...