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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...