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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most 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 prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent 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...