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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, 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 foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 getting baffled? We positively are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...