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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy 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 well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...