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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: An entire absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...