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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely 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 very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...