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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful 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 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...