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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A total deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ CP menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...