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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...