What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely 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 domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: An absolute lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting provider is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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