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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 disorientated? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...