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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...