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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...