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Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a 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, note that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, 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, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent 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? Note that one too...