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cPanel Web Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing puzzled? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A total lack of domain management options
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...