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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...