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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...