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cPanel Hosting Disclosed
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, 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 situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...