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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...