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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impertinent 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? Mind that one too...