cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...