What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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