cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely 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 domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Problem No.2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A complete absence of domain management options
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...