What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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