What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since 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 located 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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