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What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...