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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...