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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove completely 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 domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent 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 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We positively are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...