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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: An utter shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...