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cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase 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 quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: A total deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...