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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing 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 nonplussed? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...