Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. 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 in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website 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 firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete 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 very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...