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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...