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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
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 chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...