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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Drawback No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...