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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all website hosting industry 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 domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...