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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...