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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents 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 merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous 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 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...