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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We positively are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback No.3: A thorough absence of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...