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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra 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 easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: A total absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...