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cPanel Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing 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 website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely 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 domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 certainly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...