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What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all website hosting business 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...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...