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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
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, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...