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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located 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 placed 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 marvelous 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)
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 getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...