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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 becoming puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...