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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase entirely 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 domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...