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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the billing tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...