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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 unquestionably are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting 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 tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...