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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created 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 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...