cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing 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)
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 positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...