Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all a piece of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all webspace hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...