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cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...