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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...