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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...