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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...