cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 baffled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...