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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete 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 very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...