Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: An entire absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the total lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting firm is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel 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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