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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. 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 literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...