cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...