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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 getting nonplussed? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...