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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most 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...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...