What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully 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 very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting firm is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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