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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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)
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 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 growing perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A total lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...