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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 website hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...