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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...