What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing baffled? We positively are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: An utter absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting firm is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ CP menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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