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cPanel Hosting Uncovered
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 getting confused? We definitely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...