What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...