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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Drawback No.3: A total absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...