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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...