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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...