cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...