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cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A total shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...