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cPanel Website Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 growing baffled? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...