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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We categorically are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...