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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully 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 easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...