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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...