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cPanel Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 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 getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...