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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...