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cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over 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 distinctly branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very familiar with (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 web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...