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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...