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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...