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What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...