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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious 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 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, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...