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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...