cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. 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 points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting business 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...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 positively are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...