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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify 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)
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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...