What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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