What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 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 baffled? We positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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