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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...