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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous 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 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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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 as well...