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What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...