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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...