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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...