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cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...