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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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 great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Downside No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...