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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...