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cPanel Website Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Decide for yourself how amazing 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...