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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 hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...