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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. 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 furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand 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 corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely 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 easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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 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 baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...