What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
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 fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing 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 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)
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 baffled? We categorically are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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