What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow 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 separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel Hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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