What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting company is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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