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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...