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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...