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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: An entire absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...