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What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation 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 advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...