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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely 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 easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...