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What Does cPanel Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Drawback No.3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the ardent clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...