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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 located 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. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...