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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A complete absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...