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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the devoted users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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...