What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We undeniably are!
Downside Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Website Hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very insolent 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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