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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...