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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...