cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point No.3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...
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