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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: 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 offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one 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 two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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 hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...