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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Note that one too...