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Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 getting baffled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the billing tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...