What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Website Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting service provider is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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