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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...