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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...