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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...