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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Predicament Number 3: An utter lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...