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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. 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 marketplace provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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 growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete lack of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...