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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...