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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 getting puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: A total absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...