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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...