cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...