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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 baffled? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...