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What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all 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 domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 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 getting bewildered? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...