cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...