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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 getting nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...