cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains 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 quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management options
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...