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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...