What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely 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 domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is availing of, the keen users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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