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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 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 relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...