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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...