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What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain folder system
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 call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...