What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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