What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel Hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant 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? Remark that one as well...
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