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cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...