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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website 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 distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...