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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...