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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total lack of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Mind that one too...