What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are created 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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