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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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 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 getting perplexed? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the total lack of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the ardent users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...