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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: A complete absence of domain name management options
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...