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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web 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 two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how amazing 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)
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 puzzled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ hosting CP menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...