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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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 growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...