What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just 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%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...
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