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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great 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 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 growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side No.3: A total deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...