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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. 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 configuration 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Problem No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to mention the total lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...