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What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals 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. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We positively are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: A total shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...