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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 getting puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...