cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number 3: A total shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...