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cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful 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 domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...