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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains 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 quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...