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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...