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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the avid customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...