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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
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 certainly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback No.3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...