200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all a piece of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web site hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 getting flummoxed? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very sameelectronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...