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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: A complete absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...