cPanel Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 growing baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...