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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Mind that one as well...