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cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...