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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific 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)
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 growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...