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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand 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 brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web 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 is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...