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What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: An utter lack of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...