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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...