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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...