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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-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...