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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A total absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...