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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 offerings on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...