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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 offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely 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 domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...