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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb 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 subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...