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cPanel Web Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: A total absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...