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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great 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 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: A total absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...