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What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single 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 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific 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)
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 undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...