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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...