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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ hosting CP areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...