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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 bewildered? We positively are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: An entire absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the avid customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...