cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Decide 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)
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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Drawback No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...