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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...