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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A complete shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the keen users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...