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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...