cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
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 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We surely are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the eager customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...