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cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent 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 server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...