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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete absence of domain management options
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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...