cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A complete shortage of domain administration options
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...