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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mainly 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 web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, 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 web server, because 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 name 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 domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...