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What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 getting puzzled? We positively are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...