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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete lack of domain name management tools
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...