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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. 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 Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Note that one as well...