What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...