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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...