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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...