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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...