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What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Drawback No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...