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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...