What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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