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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter lack of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...