What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove 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 very easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 getting baffled? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...
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