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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...