What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 located 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 name)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...