cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good 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 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 name)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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