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cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely 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 quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...