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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...