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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...