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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely 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 domains are very simple to remove on the 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We categorically are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...