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cPanel Website Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...