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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very 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 website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...