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cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 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 fashionable and perhaps met most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...