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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 baffled? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...