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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 confused? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: An utter shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the keen users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...