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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
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 growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...