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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...