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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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)
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 perplexed? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weakness No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration menus
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...