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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: An utter absence of domain management options
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...