cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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 hosting server, because 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 located 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. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter lack of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...