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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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...