cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic 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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...