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cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...