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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, 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 server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration menus
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...