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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: A total absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...