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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...