cPanel Website Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...