cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: chiefly 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 website hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Web Hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...
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