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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly 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 absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...