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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...