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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big 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 relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...