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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap 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 various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...