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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...