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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide 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 vast the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ Control Panel areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...