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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...