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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...