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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" 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 web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...