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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...