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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...