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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Problem Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...