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cPanel Web Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...