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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense 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 sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...