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What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number 3: A total lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...