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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). 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 very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A total lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...