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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...