What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Website Hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting corporation is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately 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? Note that one too...
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