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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...