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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
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 growing nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...