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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...