What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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