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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly 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 web hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a 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...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...