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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...