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cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's hosting marketplace 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 an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...