cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A total shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, based on the billing platform (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...