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What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 becoming baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...