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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...