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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous 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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Point No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...