200k "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The samee-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...