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cPanel Website Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: An utter absence of domain administration options
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...