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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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? Mark that one too...