What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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