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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...