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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 certainly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...