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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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 amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...