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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...