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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 name)
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 absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...