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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A complete lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...