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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the eager users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...