What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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