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cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Downside Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...