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cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. 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 domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: A complete lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...