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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...