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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent 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 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)
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 growing baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...