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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: An utter lack of domain administration options
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...