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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We categorically are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...