cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...