What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 becoming bewildered? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we need to cite the sheer shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Web Hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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