What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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