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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 bewildered? We surely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...