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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: A complete deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...