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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good 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 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 certainly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...