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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain administration menus
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...