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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 present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...