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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove fully 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 erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 confused? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...