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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 confused? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...