What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Website Hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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