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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. 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)
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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...