What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A total shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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