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cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...