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What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: A total lack of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the earnest clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...