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Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...