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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming bewildered? We definitely are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...