cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...