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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...