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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Problem Number Three: A thorough absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...