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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...