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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: An utter lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...