cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The Hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent 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 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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting firm is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...