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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...