What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event 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 trendy and possibly covered all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully 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 delete on the web server, because 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Website Hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|1 website hosted||5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted|
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