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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...