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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...