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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...