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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. 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 marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...