cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web 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 brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...