What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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