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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 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 getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...