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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: 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 web hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...