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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 CP menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...