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What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great 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 strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Problem No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...