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What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website 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 variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...