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cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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 great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...