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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...