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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...