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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...