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cPanel Website Hosting Unmasked
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A total deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...