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What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 growing baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...