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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...