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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: A total shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...