cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
1 TB bandwidth
1 website hosted
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3 TB bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...