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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most website hosting business demands. 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...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: An utter absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...