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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...