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What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 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 becoming bewildered? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...