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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...