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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 getting perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...