What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 confused? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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