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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 getting confused? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: A total lack of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...