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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
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 clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...