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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 name)
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 puzzled? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...