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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter absence of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...