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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting market requirements. 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 domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide 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)
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 name)
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 growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...