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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...