What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting vendor is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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