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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An entire absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...