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cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 getting perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...