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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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 becoming confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: A complete absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...