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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
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 getting puzzled? We certainly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...