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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...