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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...