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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: A total absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...