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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: A total deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...