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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...