What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names 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 labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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 growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: An utter lack of domain management sections
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...
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