cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "Web Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
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