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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the total lack of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...