cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one 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 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...