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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...