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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 getting confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...