cPanel Web Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A complete absence of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...