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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a major problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...