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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great 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)
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 growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Problem No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the total lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...