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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: An utter lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...