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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...