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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent 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? Remark that one too...