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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated 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 situated 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. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...