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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely 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 easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 growing perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...