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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, 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 set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...