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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 becoming bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...