What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 getting bewildered? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Website Hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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