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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over 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 differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...