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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 certainly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...