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What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 categorically are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...