What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous 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)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting firm is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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