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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how terrific 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 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 growing nonplussed? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...