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cPanel Website Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...