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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration options
Do we have to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...