cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? 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 CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 growing puzzled? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...