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What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra 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 easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...