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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. 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 marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good 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)
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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...