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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ hosting CP menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...