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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...