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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration options
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...