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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...