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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. 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 two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...