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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...