What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting company is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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