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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We surely are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...