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cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked

For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...

200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded

Starter
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$5.00 / month
Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$6.25 / month
 

The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.

The hosting LOTTO we are all part of

Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...

The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution

Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...

Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration

If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:

public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!

Problem Number Two: The very same email folder setup

The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.

Downside Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name management user interfaces

Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...

Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)

What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).

Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... swiftly

cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.

With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:

As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...