What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The Website Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Website Hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting provider is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively 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? Mind that one as well...
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