cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific 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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A complete absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...