cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous 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 of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...