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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...