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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Downside Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to cite the total absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...