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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete completely 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Drawback No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...