What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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