cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase fully 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 domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An utter lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...