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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...