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cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...