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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: A total absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...