cPanel Website Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the eager customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...