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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Problem No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...