cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because 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 placed 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 fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...