cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 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 growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...