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cPanel Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...