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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful 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 remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Point No.3: An utter absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...