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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 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, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...