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cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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? Mark that one as well...