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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...