cPanel Website Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...