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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...