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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...