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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are created 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 located 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: A total lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...