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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web 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 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. Observe for yourself how excellent 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...