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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly 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 whole web hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...