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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: An utter absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...