What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely 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 quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting corporation is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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