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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are situated 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 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. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...