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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...