What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 becoming disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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