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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain management menus
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing system (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...