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What Does cPanel Website Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 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 getting bewildered? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number 3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Mind that one as well...