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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Weakness Number Three: An utter lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to mention the total lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...