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cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
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 growing confused? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...