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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter 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 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...