What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, 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 web server, because they all are placed 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting company is making use of, the keen users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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