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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering 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 supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, 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 stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...