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What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management tools
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...