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What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...