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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: A complete absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...