cPanel Website Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "Website Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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 getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Website Hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting firm is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...