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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...