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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...