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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...