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cPanel Hosting Unmasked
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...