cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...