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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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 hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...