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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...