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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...