What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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 baffled? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting corporation is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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