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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...