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What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because 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 is a folder situated 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. Observe 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 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...