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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's 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 provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...