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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, 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 located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...