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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the total absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...