What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely 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 very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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