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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. 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 domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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 name)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...