What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 wonderful 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 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 growing bewildered? We positively are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough absence of domain administration sections
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Website Hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very 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 are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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