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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 growing confused? We surely are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...