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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...