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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...