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cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely 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 very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A complete absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...