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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, 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 web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...