What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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