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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully 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 very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...