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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the avid users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...