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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...