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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...