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cPanel Web Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...