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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing baffled? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...