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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...