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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...