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cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...