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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 baffled? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: A sheer lack of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ CP menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...