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What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...