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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain name 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 subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...