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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Verify 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)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A total shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...