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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the keen users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...