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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...