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What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...