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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...