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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...