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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...