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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...