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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent 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 getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A total shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the keen users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...