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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 CP areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...