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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...