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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...