What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting provider is using, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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