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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...